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Summer Jobs

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Looking for Summer Jobs

If you are a student or school leaver you may be battling with whether or not to get a summer job. On the one hand, summer is a time for many students to kick back and enjoy travelling and spend time with friends. On the other hand, a summer job could prove to be a valuable work experience for the CV and step into the future. To help you consider the options, here are our top five benefits to Summer Jobs.

1. Income

Many people are motivated to take up work during the summer months because they want to earn a bit of extra cash. If you opting for a paid summer job, having an additional source of income can be a big bonus. Money earned during the summer could help support up-coming university costs or even act as a start-up capital for your own projects.

2. Skills

Whether you take a summer job working at a youth camp, cafe shop or an unpaid internship you will gain a wealth of skills and knowledge that you just can’t get at school or college. These skills will prove invaluable for whatever you decide to do after the summer. They could help you secure another job in the future and make you a more favourable applicant for universities.

3. Confidence

A summer job can be a valuable personal, as well as professional, experience. Putting yourself into a new environment with new challenges will demonstrate to yourself and others just how capable you are. If you have never had a job of any kind before, you will be surprised at how much you grow in confidence over the summer. Regardless of what kind of summer job you take you will gain increased independence and self-reliance.

4. Networking

Although you might be very popular and have many friends from school and college, chances are that you don’t regularly interact with a wide range of different people in a professional setting. A summer job will inevitably find you working and interacting with people who you would otherwise not have met. This can really help broaden your social awareness and help you to learn how to interact with other groups of people. This could prove particularly helpful when meeting new people at college or university, or when applying for jobs in the future.

5. Extra Credit

Many universities run Degree Plus, or similar programmes, that acknowledge and reward work experience gained by students outside of term time. Working in a summer job could count towards extra merit at university and formal recognition of skills and experience gained. It is worth checking with your university or college to find out more about Degree Plus, or their programmes, and to check what jobs are eligible.

The Bottom Line

Whatever you plan to do after the summer, working during this time could benefit you in more ways than you realise right now. It is, however, important to make sure that you get the right opportunity to suit you and to balance work with leisure during the summer.